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broken leg :(

I broke my leg a little over a week ago and surgery to repair my tibial plateau fracture last Friday. I am struggling with being off my feet for the next three weeks and having to be on crutches for 8-10 more.

Can anyone suggest any exercises I can do while sitting in a chair, and not too many from the floor? I have five pound hand weights at my disposal, and getting up an down from the floor is a little difficult right now. I am not a huge work out person, but miss my nice long hikes and walking my dog, which were my main form of exercise.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

Wed. Jun 20, 1:10am

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I am so sorry!

One thing you could do is lifts in a chair. Put your arms on the side of your chair and lift yourself up. Just like with weights, you could do this quickly (fast twitch muscles), slowly, fast up then slow on the way down, little pulses at the top and at the bottom, etc. This would work your upper body. I bet by the end, you would have a great looking upper body.

Focus on what you can and have a good attitude. That will make you heal faster.

Good luck to you! I will appreciate my walks even more now.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:06 AM

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So sorry about your broken leg.

There is a move in Jillian Anderson's DVD that she recommends for anyone who can't move the lower body. It's air-punching. Done in a rapid pace, it should raise your heartbeat.

I also think that I've heard somewhere before that any move that raises your arm above your heart raises your heartbeat. So when I walk on the treadmill, sometimes I add arm moves - stretching my arms above, front, and side alternately.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 12:09 PM

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Keep Smiling !!! I broke mine last year, it is stressful

try the stretch bands, I did upper body and my good leg also....

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 8:23 AM

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9:06 here again.

You could also do modified jumping jacks using just your arms. Remember to stretch also.

I think 8:23 makes a good point about using your non-broken leg.

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 9:40 AM

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